The School Journal must remain in public hands. Generations of Kiwi kids know how important the Journal was to their childhood. Privatisation puts the independence, quality and long-term future of this taonga at risk.
The Journal inspires our children to read through stories, poems and plays that reflect their lives. Improving literacy is a core government goal, yet they are throwing one of the best tools to the private sector.
The Journal is a vital pathway for aspiring artists and writers. Many of New Zealand’s best creative success stories, such as Margaret Mahy and Joy Cowley, had their start at the Journal. A well-supported Journal in public hands is necessary to develop talent that enriches our entire culture.